Josh’s Water Jobs was launched in June 2016 and since then it has grown in many ways and continues on an upward trajectory. For the past 2.5 years, Hank and I have been financing the site out of our own pockets, paying for the website hosting service and MailChimp accounts that support the website and mailing lists, respectively, in addition to other associated costs for the site. To date, this has been a 100% voluntary activity and we have not actively pursued to recover our expenses.
We do want to be clear that the site will never go the direction of having to pay to access jobs or to post jobs. The open access nature of the site is too important to us to limit access in any way. But, since we are going to start to move in a direction of recouping costs for the website (and eventually the time we sink it as well, including additional functionality), we’d like to, in this instance, fundraise to break even on our material expenses to close out 2018.
There has been a PayPal link on the website since the beginning, and we’ve never promoted the fact that it was there, but this link drew in USD$952.00 in the last 2.5 years through many contributions both big and small. Our operating expenses for the same time period were USD$7,266, so we are looking here to raise USD$6,314 (+USD$149 for the GoFundMe fee, so USD$6,463 total) to break even to start 2019. Any additional funds raised by the campaign will go towards Hank and I for the time spent managing the website since 2016.
Moving forward, we will have a contribution page where you can give singular contributions or give monthly support (even as low as USD$1 a month) to help us keep the site running and start to do more as resources will free up the time of both Hank and I to add additional features to the website. And we won’t look poorly on you if you decide to give to both ;)
Thank you very much for using the site and your contributions!